Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW VS 2018 GMC Sierra Near Cumming, GA

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2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW

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2018 GMC Sierra

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F-Super Duty Crew Cab inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F-Super Duty offers an optional 360 Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sierra HD only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the F-Super Duty’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Sierra HD have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Sierra HD’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 79 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-Super Duty’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The F-Super Duty 4x4 has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Sierra HD 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-Super Duty has larger alternators than the Sierra HD:

 

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Standard Alternator

157 amps

150 amps

Optional Alternator

240 amps

220 amps

2nd Optional Alternator

377 amps

370 amps

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty second among large heavy duty pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Sierra HD isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 6 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (385 vs. 360) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (430 vs. 380) than the Sierra HD’s 6.0 V8.

The F-Super Duty’s 6.7 turbo V8 diesel produces 5 more horsepower (450 vs. 445) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (935 vs. 910) than the Sierra HD’s 6.6 turbo V8 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s optional fuel tank has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sierra HD (48 vs. 36 gallons).

The F-Super Duty has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-Super Duty’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sierra HD:

 

F-Super Duty

F-450 Crew Cab

Sierra HD

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

15.4 inches

13.98 inches

Rear Rotors

14.3 inches

15.75 inches

13.98 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

n/a

14.17 inches

The F-Super Duty stops much shorter than the Sierra HD:

 

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

 

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

154 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Super Duty’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sierra HD (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R17).

The Ford F-450 Crew Cab’s wheels have 10 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The GMC Sierra HD only has 8 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s optional suspension has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the F-Super Duty flat and controlled during cornering. The Sierra HD’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front suspension of the F-Super Duty uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sierra HD, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Super Duty’s wheelbase is longer than on the Sierra HD:

 

F-Super Duty

Sierra HD

Extended Cab Standard Bed

148 inches

144.2 inches

Extended Cab Long Bed

164.2 inches

158.1 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

159.8 inches

153.7 inches

Crew Cab Long Bed

176 inches

167.7 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Super Duty is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sierra HD.

The F-250 Standard Bed Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Sierra 2500 Standard Box Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has 1.3 inches more front hip room and .7 inches more front shoulder room than the Sierra HD Regular Cab.

The F-Super Duty Super Cab has 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Double Cab.

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab has 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sierra HD Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Super Duty Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Regular Cab shortbed (78.5 vs. 76.3 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty Super Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Double Cab shortbed (65.4 vs. 61 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Super Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Double Cab longbed (78.5 vs. 76.3 cubic feet).

The F-Super Duty Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab shortbed (65.4 vs. 61 cubic feet). The F-Super Duty Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Sierra HD Crew Cab longbed (78.5 vs. 76.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F-Super Duty easier. The F-Super Duty Crew Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.8 inches, while the Sierra HD Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.9 inches.

The F-Super Duty’s cargo box is larger than the Sierra HD’s in almost every dimension:

 

F-Super Duty Regular Cab

F-Super Duty Super Cab

Sierra HD Regular Cab

Length (short/long)

98.1”

81.9”/98.1”

97.8”

Max Width

66.9”

66.9”

64.9”

Height

21.1”

21.1”

21.2”

The Ford F-Super Duty has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. Tailgate assist is only available on the GMC Sierra HD SLE/SLT/Denali.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-Super Duty’s available front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Sierra HD’s optional power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the F-Super Duty the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Sierra HD can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F-Super Duty’s available exterior keypad (not available on F-Super Duty XL). The Sierra HD doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the F-Super Duty Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Sierra HD doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The F-Super Duty’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sierra HD’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The F-Super Duty’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Super Duty detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the F-Super Duty and the Sierra HD offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the F-Super Duty SuperCab/SuperCrew has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F-Super Duty offers an optional adaptive cruise control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Sierra HD doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The F-Super Duty will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the F-Super Duty will retain 37.53% to 60.68% of its original price after five years, while the Sierra HD only retains 31% to 93.94%.

Recommendations Comparison

Truck Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2017 issue and the Ford F-350 Long Bed Crew Cab 4x4 won out over the GMC Sierra 3500 Long Box Crew Cab 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Super Duty first among large heavy duty pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sierra HD was rated second.

Motor Trend selected the F-Super Duty as their 2017 Truck of the Year. The Sierra was Truck of the Year in 1999.

The Ford F-Series outsold the GMC Sierra by over four to one during the 2017 model year.

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